Publication: Popular Science

Translation technology

The resulting text will be submitted as another search string and will give you the answer as quickly as a normal text search. Translate it back to English and repeat until satisfied, then shake hands, bow or lightly touch your right fingertips to your forehead and go along your way. … Continue readingTranslation technology

OCR Grows Up

Forget space shuttles, nanobots and large hadron colliders, the yardstick for human technological development may just be the Star Trek tricorder. Convention geek jokes aside, a good deal of 20th century sci-fi reveals an innate desire for a platform- and information-agnostic device we can point at anything to learn all about it (for when we visit alien worlds). … Continue readingOCR Grows Up

Crowd Science

The term crowdsourcing wasn’t coined until the web age, undoubtedly because it enabled the collecting, aggregating and processing power we need to let crowdsourcing take full flight. Today it’s used for everything from judging the most attractive female posterior to gathering the funds to make movies. … Continue readingCrowd Science

Your Personal Eye in the Sky

But it’s not just the large clear picture of your flight path the iPhone or iPod Touch can provide. Instead of struggling with a complicated remote control unit, you fly the AR Drone merely by tilting your handheld device in the direction you want to go. There are a few basic touchscreen controls like rise, down and rotate, but the accelerometers inside do the rest. … Continue readingYour Personal Eye in the Sky

Make Robots Smarter

Humans have a lot to think about and even more to process when it comes to solving the problems we face. Somewhere in all the data we churn out is everything from a HIV cure to the perfect videogame character. Computers with narrowly-programmed parameters have the speed but not the creativity to find what we need amid messy abstracts … Continue readingMake Robots Smarter